Ben-Gurion University Foundation (BGUF) in the UK plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision of a first class institute of research and higher learning in the desert, helping the University fulfill its unique responsibility to develop the Negev, reach out to its local community and its Arab neighbors, and share its expertise with the world.
Founded in 1974, BGUF is a nonprofit organisation with headquarters in London and two regional support groups. The organisation works across the UK to raise funds and awareness for the University, showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research from the desert for the world. Activities include educating individuals, foundations and media about the University’s groundbreaking work through a series of exciting, informative communications and events, featuring BGU’s world-renowned faculty.
BGUF promotes the pioneering spirit of Israel’s founders that continues to flourish in the vast desert wilderness of the Negev. A unique oasis of innovation, BGU is making the desert bloom, providing expertise in desert studies, alternative energy, ecological conservation, water purification and management, bio- and nanotechnologies, community medicine and global health, social work, and Jewish literature and culture.
It is a university with a conscience, where the highest academic standards are integrated with community involvement and more than fifty percent of its students involved in volunteer work.
2 February 2017
Increasing access to higher education for Israel’s Arab citizens is an essential part of realising this population’s potential to contribute to Israel’s economic prosperity and improve socio-economic
27 November 2016
Ben-Gurion University researchers find intimate partner violence more prevalent among low-income or Arab families.
24 January 2016
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in a joint initiative with Josh Arnow, a benefactor of the university, dedicated a student center last week serving Beduin women students. The center, the first of its kind, aims to serve as a social center and “warm home away from home” for Beduin women students who study at the university. There are some 1,200 Arab students studying at BGU, nearly 450 of them are Beduin and 70 percent of the Beduin students are women.
31 July 2015
Agbaria added that at least two-thirds of the Arab applicants of pharmacy studies aspired to study medicine, but were forced to make do with pharmacy because obtaining this degree takes less long (four years as opposed to seven, followed by practical training), and thus the economic burden on the young Arabs and their families is more manageable.
26 July 2015
Launched in 2009 with funds from a US nonprofit and the Hura Municipal Council, Project Wadi Attir combines cutting-edge Israeli approaches and traditional Bedouin knowhow to establish ecologically sound income-generating activities.
7 July 2015
The education revolution among Bedouin women has opened up opportunities previous generations could never have imagined. But tribal traditions that limit their freedom - including polygamy - still prevail. Today, most Bedouin girls finish high school, and more than 500 women are enrolled in higher education programs. Most of those women attend Ben-Gurion, which—thanks to the efforts of American Jewish philanthropist Robert H. Arnow—has provided financial, logistical, social and academic support for Bedouin students, especially for women, since 1997.